Senior Vice President / Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Politics
AJ Lenar is a Senior Vice President on GMMB’s political team. He has developed strategies and award-winning advertising for leading environmental organizations, major foundations, and labor unions, as well as mayoral, House, Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential races in the U.S. and around the world. AJ’s ads have been profiled in Time Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and many other news outlets across the country. Most recently, AJ served as a senior strategist and chief ad maker for Joe Cunningham’s historic campaign in South Carolina’s first congressional district. On Election Night, SC-1 was the reddest district in the entire country to flip blue – for the first time in four decades. It led the Charleston Post and Courier to call AJ “one of the most valuable Democrats in South Carolina”.
In 2012, AJ was on the core creative team that re-elected the President of the United States, and his ads were seen by millions of Americans in battleground states across country. One of the ads AJ wrote and produced for President Obama was awarded “Best Television Advertisement of The Year” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. An honor he earned again in 2015 for an ad he created on immigration. AJ has served GMMB clients overseas as well. He’s worked on an anti-tobacco initiative in Nigeria and a clean energy campaign in the United Arab Emirates. He also ran a successful Mayoral contest in Tirana, Albania, where he led the advertising and media efforts for the Lulzim Basha for Mayor Campaign, which earned GMMB the American Association of Political Consultants’ Campaign Excellence Award for International Campaign of the Year. AJ lives with his wife and two children in Greenville, South Carolina.